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Holy Spirit Catholic Parish
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
May 1, 2024

Here at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in the Ottawa-Cornwall Diocese in Canada, we honored St. Phoebe and raised awareness of the Synod with Masses on September 10, 2023. At each of the three parish Masses over the weekend, a female parishioner shared a reflection about St. Phoebe and the Synod. We sang hymns together that uplifted St. Phoebe and women in the Church, and St. Phoebe prayer cards were offered after Mass. An icon of St. Phoebe, written by a parishioner, was displayed next to the altar throughout the week leading up to our celebration.

Members of the parish were deeply moved by the reflections shared, and as a community we are committed to joining with others in prayer for the ongoing Synod. These Masses raised awareness for many in our community, as many were not at all aware of St. Phoebe’s witness or the Synod. As a parish we are excited to continue the momentum from this event for the ongoing synodal process of journeying together!

Organization
“We raised so much awareness from our event, of both the ongoing Synod and of St. Phoebe and her ministry. Together, we learned of the power of the intercession of St. Phoebe, and how significant her feast day can be to carry the message of women’s roles in the Church.”
The Church of St. Francis Xavier
New York, NY
Organization
“The most meaningful parts of our celebration together included a standing ovation following the witness reflection, the power and strength of the reflection itself, and the procession at the start of mass. In the procession, young women carried in and presented symbols of St. Phoebe including an icon, the commission of St. Paul, a deacon’s stole and a pitcher of water to symbolize our shared baptism.”
St. Barnabas Parish
Chicago, IL
Witness
“Preaching on the Feast of St. Phoebe, and supporting and training other women to preach, was a joyful and invigorating experience. It is beautiful to see women claim the truth that they are called and gifted, and equally beautiful to see the People of God’s receptivity to women’s preaching, ministry, and leadership.”
Rhonda Miska
St. Phoebe Day Witness at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, MN; Founder and Co-convener of the Catholic Women's Preaching Circle; Catholic Women Preach Advisory Board Member

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